The Mathematical Association of America
Maryland-District of Columbia-Virginia Section

Talks Given at Section Meetings, 2017-present

Section Meeting 198: Frostburg State University, April 28-29, 2017
Invited Addresses
  1. FAIL: A Mathematician's Apology
    Laura Taalman, James Madison University
  2. A Voyager from the Fourth Dimension
    Paul Humke, St. Olaf College and Washington & Lee University
  3. Frosting Fairness, Finally!
    Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
    How to Use as Much Inquiry as You're Comfortable with in Your Calculus Class
    Cassie Williams, James Madison University
    Amy Ksir, United States Naval Academy
    Mitch Keller, Washington and Lee University
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) Workshop for Students:
    A Magical Number
    Alissa Crans, Loyola Marymount University
  1. Fighting Alternative Facts: Teaching Quantitative Reasoning with Social Issues
    Mark Branson, Stevenson University
  2. Who Needs Standard Reference Tables on Demand?
    Bonita Saunders, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  3. A Brief Geometrical Tour of Artificial Gravity in a Rotating Space Station
    Frank Barnet, Frostburg State University
  4. Smithsonian Learning Lab: An Introduction
    Amy Shell-Gellasch, Montgomery College
  5. The Geometry of Voting Theory: Root Systems and Reversal Symmetry
    Prasad Senesi, The Catholic University of America
  6. The Euclidean States of America: Geometry's Influence on Lincoln
    Edwin O'Shea, James Madison University
  7. Field Report: Students as Instructors of Mathematics, Creators of Community
    Elizabeth Brown, James Madison University
    Haley Dewey, James Madison University
    Aaron Fowlkes, James Madison University
    Jonathan Gerhard, James Madison University
    Richie Holden, James Madison University
    Sophie Mancini, James Madison University
    Alison Sall, James Madison University
    Cameron Stopak, James Madison University
    Nicole Sutherland, James Madison University
  8. Ten Mathematical Landmarks, 1967–2017
    Bud Brown, Virginia Tech
  9. Town Hall Research Projects in Introductory Statistics
    Jessica OShaughnessy, Shenandoah University
  10. Application of Cycle-Free Graphs for Data Security in Large Distributed Systems
    Abdinur Ali, Norfolk State University
  11. Use Calculus to Investigate Price Yield Function
    Ming Fang, Norfolk State University
  12. Polynomial Equations and Tangents
    Jim Blowers, Retired Independent Mathematician
  13. The Saga of the Hardest Logic Puzzle Ever
    Jason Rosenhouse, James Madison University
  14. Curing the High DFW Rate in First Year Calculus
    David Taylor, Roanoke College
    Hannah Robbins, Roanoke College
  15. Fisher's Information
    Laxman Hegde, Frostburg State University
  16. Game of Stones: Knight's Tour
    Dan Kalman, American University
    Donna Dietz, American University
    John Nolan, American University
  17. Quick and Easy Random Groups
    Justin Dunmyre, Frostburg State University
  18. Evaluation of Euler Sums by Euler's Beta Function
    Hongwei Chen, Christopher Newport University
  19. Sports Referees and Cognitive Illusions
    Roland Minton, Roanoke College
  20. "Dangers" and Surprises of Secret Gift-Giving Games
    Donna Dietz, American University
  21. Following Richard Guy — Treats from a Triangle's Orthocentric System's Fermat-Torricelli Points!
    G. Gerard Wojnar, Frostburg State University
  22. Finding the Right Foundation: Three Methods for Basis Generation in the Reduced Basis Method
    Rachel Grotheer, Goucher College
  23. Getting an Assist: Artificial Intelligence in Mathematics
    Randall E. Cone, Salisbury University
  24. The Pythagorean Comma
    Ray Cheng, Old Dominion University
Undergraduate Student Papers
  1. A Mathematical Analysis of Languages
    Gerald de Jesus Roman-Gonzalez, Stevenson University
  2. Crossing Numbers of Complete Bipartite Graphs
    Skyler Layton, Shenandoah University
  3. A Different MGM: Movies, Graphs, and Math
    Dani Harris, Longwood University
  4. An Attempt at Undergraduate Research in Combinatorial Game Theory
    Taraneh Kelishadi, Montgomery College
  5. Quantum Computing: Constructing Quantum Error Correcting Codes via Python
    Nicholas Tuck, Shenandoah University
  6. Mathematically Mitigating Risk and Optimizing Returns
    Jacob Mathews, Montgomery College
  7. The Flag Counting Problem for Partition Lattices
    Trevor Karn, United State Naval Academy
  8. Perspectives on Boolean Algebra
    Aranje Sripanjalingam, Montgomery College
  9. JMU COMAP: The Kariba Dam
    Volkan Bakirdan, James Madison University
    Ben Rhodes, James Madison University
  10. Perspective of a Calculus Student: A Fluid Mechanic Model
    El Hadji Ibrahima Ndiaye, Montgomery College
  11. Artificial Intelligence Research on Type One Diabetes Data Using Statistical Software Package R
    Chelsey Clement, Salisbury University
  12. Building an Automatic License Plate Reader Using Geometric Comparisons
    Amanda Shultz, Shenandoah University
Student Poster Session
  1. Modeling Commercialization of Crop Varieties and Predicting Market Success
    Emily Adams, Virginia Military Institute
  2. Cayley and Frobenius Characters in an Equation: An investigation into the Solution of the Cayley-Hermite Problem
    Jaclyn Bealer, Hood College
  3. Optimizing Airport Security Throughput
    Joseph Bobay, Virginia Military Institute
    Henry Wiswall, Virginia Military Institute
  4. Evaluating and Planning Smart Cities
    Jonathan Chu, Virginia Military Institute
    Trey Chapman, Virginia Military Institute
  5. The Jesuits and Chinese Mathematics: 17th Century Contacts
    Joseph Fawley, Hood College
  6. Black Math: An Investigation of the Under Appreciation of African American in the 20th Century
    Sarah Hood, Hood College
  7. Sustainable Cities Needed!
    Yu-Hsiang Liu , Virginia Military Institute
    Shang Cheng Su, Virginia Military Institute
  8. Crossing Numbers of Complete Bipartite Graphs
    Skyler Layton, Shenandoah University
  9. Singular Value Decomposition and its Applications
    Sophie Mancini, James Madison University
    Unyoung Park, James Madison University
  10. TSA Optimization
    Zachary Melvin, Virginia Military Institute
    Mike van Duinen, Virginia Military Institute
  11. To Infinity and Beyond: An Analysis of the Struggle to Approach Infinity
    Joshua McPherson, Hood College
  12. Investigating the Effects of Self-Driving Cars on Traffic Flow
    Amber Ngo, Salisbury University
    Andrea Carmack, Salisbury University
  13. Integer Sequences Characterized by Certain Summation Identities
    Sarah Risinger, Christopher Newport University
  14. The Divergence of Mathematics and Physics: How Physics Developed Out of France
    Timothy Taylor, Hood College
  15. Utilizations of Queuing Theory and Digraphs for More Efficient Merging in Tollways
    Amy Vennos, Salisbury University
    Adam Jump, Salisbury University
  16. Direct Product of Directed Semi-Cycles
    Pengrui Wang, Washington and Lee University
  17. A Mathematical Perspective of Neo-Riemannian Transformations
    Matthew Welte, McDaniel College

Section Meeting 200: Christopher Newport University, Nov 17-18, 2017
Invited Addresses
  1. The Power of Mathematics Teaching in the Age of Alternative Facts
    David Kung, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  2. The Geometry of Cubes
    Francis Su, Harvey Mudd College
  3. Revisiting what Euler and the Bernoullis Knew about Convergent Infinite Series
    James Sellers, Penn State University
    The MAA's Instructional Practices Guide: Making Use of a New Resource
    Elizabeth Burroughs, Montana State University
  1. An Easy Proof of Quadratic Reciprocity for an Undergraduate Number Theory Course
    Brant Jones, James Madison University
  2. Gordan, Ville, and von Neumann's Minimax Theorem
    Cherng-tiao Perng, Norfolk State University
  3. Knitting Symmetries: Preliminary Needling
    Susan Goldstine, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  4. Efficient Frontiers with Personal Preference
    Ming Fang, Norfolk State University
  5. Revisiting “The Problem of Learning to Teach”
    Marshall Gordon
  6. The I Road to Higher Mathematics -- Promoting Inquiry as Part of Mathematical Maturity
    Bob Sachs, George Mason University
  7. Classroom Stats: Spice Up Your Classroom with Fun, Live, Data Collection and Analysis
    David Taylor, Roanoke College
  8. Curve Neighborhoods of the Odd Symplectic Grassmannian
    Ryan Shifler, Salisbury University
  9. Continued Fractions and Semigroup Generators
    Sara Malec, Hood College
  10. Lewis Carroll on Solving Sorites
    Jason Rosenhouse, James Madison University
  11. Malware Analysis with Finite Ordered Trees
    Abdinur Ali, Norfolk State University
  12. Exercises for a Numerical Methods Course
    Brian Heinold, Mount St. Mary's University
  13. Platonic Hypar Zonohedra
    Eve Torrence, Randolph-Macon College
  14. On a New Integer Sequence
    Hongwei Chen, Christopher Newport University
  15. Math as Design Engine: Leveraging Mathematics to Create 3D Printed Art
    Laura Taalman, James Madison University
  16. Wave-like Entire Solutions to Lattice Differential Systems with a Single Defect
    Maila Brucal-Hallare, Norfolk State University
  17. Mastery Based Testing — An Introduction and Observations from Implementation in a Variety of Levels of Mathematics Courses
    Chris Lee, Roanoke College
  18. Finding Fibonacci with Engel's Stochastic Abacus
    Bruce Torrence, Randolph-Macon College
  19. Equilibrants of Matrices
    Zheng Tong, Christopher Newport University
  20. Mastery-Based Grading in Intro to Proofs
    Spencer Hamblen, McDaniel College
  21. In-place Excel Macros for Gauss Elimination
    Stephen Morse, George Mason University
  22. Improving Retention of Underrepresented STEM Majors through Embedded Tutoring
    Daniel Showalter, Eastern Mennonite University
  23. Vennim!
    Alex Meadows, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  24. Small Sample Confidence Intervals for the Kaplan-Meier Estimators under the Proportional Hazards Model
    Emad Abdurasul, James Madison University
  25. Signature Functions for Predicting Resonant and Attenuant Population Cycles
    Matthew A Morena, Christopher Newport University
  26. Just-in-Time Remediation for Liberal Arts Classes
    Alice Petillo, Marymount University
  27. On a Weighted Sum of Fibonacci Numbers
    Brian Bradie, Christopher Newport University
  28. Implications of Media Coverage on the Dynamics of Influenza Transmission
    Ana Vivas-Barber, Norfolk State University
  29. Grad, Curl, and Div on Axisymmetric Domains
    Minah Oh, James Madison University
Graduate Student Papers
  1. Stable Limits of Polygon Spaces Schedule of Speakers
    Jack Love, George Mason University
  2. Old and New Chain Rules
    Christina Osborne, University of Virginia
  3. Traveling Salesman Problem: Around the Globe
    Ashlee Edwards, Old Dominion University
  4. A Walk through the Garden: Open Problems
    Heather Rollins, University of West Florida
  5. Self-Polar Polytopes
    Alathea Jensen, George Mason University
Undergraduate Student Papers
  1. Game-Theoretical Analysis for Networked Systems
    Nathan R Carrington, Virginia State University
  2. Coxeter Groups, Dyck Paths and the Catalan Numbers
    Jessica Dixon, Washington College
  3. Game Theory
    Brae Fletcher, Virginia State University
  4. Innovations to Increase the Power of State-of-the-Art Graph-Theoretic Two-Sample Statistical Tests
    Michael Wallace, U.S. Naval Academy
  5. Chaotic Dynamics in a Family of Set-Valued Functions
    Isaac Woods, Christopher Newport University
  6. Spectral Analysis of the Graph Laplacian on Homogeneous Trees
    Matvey Yutin, George Mason University

Section Meeting 200: Washington & Lee and VMI, April 13-14, 2018
Invited Addresses
  1. Why Mathematicians Can't Write
    Jason Rosenhouse, James Madison University
  2. Effective Thinking through Mathematics
    Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin
  3. Epic Math Battles: Counting vs. Matching
    Jennifer Quinn, University of Washington Tacoma
    Workshop: Inquiry Based Learning: Math and Beyond
    Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin
IBL Activities
  1. Special Discussion Session sponsored by the MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium IBL Chat (for Current Users of Inquiry-Based Learning and Related Pedagogies)
  2. Special Discussion Session sponsored by the MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium IBL Activity Swap
  3. Special Discussion Session sponsored by the MD-DC-VA IBL Consortium Inquiry-Based Learning Q&A (for those new to IBL, or just curious about it)
  1. The Construction and Use of Anaglyphs in the Teaching of Multivariable Calculus
    Frank Barnet, Frostburg State University
  2. Mathematics Teacher Preparation in the New CUPM Curriculum Guide
    David Carothers, James Madison University
  3. Bootstrap Percolation on Polygon Tilings of the Plane
    Neal Bushaw, Virginia Commonwealth University
  4. Transitioning from the Finite to the Infinite in the Hilbert Space l2
    M. Leigh Lunsford, Longwood University
  5. Convex Geometry in Algorithms for Heavy-Tailed Statistics
    Joseph Anderson, Salisbury University
  6. The Sausage Catastrophe and other Fun Facts
    Roland Minton, Roanoke College
  7. Risk Factors for Having Obesity
    Mohammed Talukder, Elizabeth City State University
  8. Why I Love Teaching Intro Stats (Now)
    David Clark, Randolph-Macon University
  9. p-ary Bent Functions and Strongly Regular Latin Square Type Graphs
    Caroline Melles, US Naval Academy
  10. A Modified Fixed Point Problem
    Ming Fang, Norfolk State University
  11. A Math and Music PechaKucha
    Marcus Pendergrass, Hampden-Sydney College
  12. Generalized Fibonacci Numbers Revisited
    Dan Kalman, American University
  13. Machine Learning Algorithms for Malware Detections
    Abdinur Ali, Norfolk State University
    John David, Virginia Military Institute
  15. The Statistical Difference in Coach and Athlete Perceptions of Physical and Mental Demand During a Collegiate Season
    Hanna DeMeester, Shenandoah University
  16. Proofreading in Discrete Math: Common Misconceptions vs Serious Logical Fallacies
    Kelli Karcher, Virginia Tech
  17. The i Road to Higher Mathematics: Results from the Current First Implementation
    Robert Sachs, George Mason University
  18. Which Came First: Abraham Lincoln's Chicken or Euclid's Egg?
    Edwin O'Shea, James Madison University
  19. A Heuristic for Student-Led Mathematical Discussion on an Assigned Reading
    Melanie Butler, Mount St. Mary's University
  20. Metric Mahler Measures over Number Fields
    Charles Samuels, Christopher Newport University
  21. Non-Commutative Massey-Omura Encryption with Symmetric Groups
    Shannon Haley, University of Mary Washington
  22. A New Way to Solve Linear Homogeneous ODE's with Constant Coefficients
    Nicholas Martin, Shepherd University
  23. Small Sample Confidence Bands for the Survival Function ACL (Abduskhurov, Cheng, and Lin) Estimators
    Emad Abdurasul, James Madison University
  24. Is the Relative Use Factor Adaptable as well as Useful?
    Jennifer Erbach, Shenandoah University
  25. Open Source Textbooks & an APEX Calculus Update
    Greg Hartman, Virginia Military Institute
  26. Partnership, Partition, and Proof: The Path to the Hardy-Ramanujan Partition Formula
    Adrian Rice, Randolph-Macon College
  27. Products of Series: What Can We Know?
    Steven Hetzler, Salisbury University
  28. Iterating the Locker Problem
    Robb Koether, Hampden-Sydney College
  29. Elementary Proof of Congruences Involving Sum of Binomial Coefficients
    Moa Apagodu, Virginia Commonwealth University
  30. NIST's Digital Library of Mathematical Functions and the Digital Age
    Bonita Saunders, NIST
  31. PreTeXt: One Input, Many Beautiful Outputs
    Mitchel T. Keller, Washington and Lee University
Graduate Student Papers
  1. On Composition of Power Series
    Galamo Monkam, Morgan State University, Bowie State University
  2. Linear Algebra Done Lazily
    Joseph Slagel, Virginia Tech
Undergraduate Student Papers
  1. Food Waste at Muhlenberg College
    Jamee Hood, Muhlenberg College
  2. Prime Factors and Divisibility of Sums of Powers of Fibonacci Numbers
    Spirit Karcher, Christopher Newport University
  3. Using the Coupon Collector's Problem to Analyze Randomized Bundling in Magic: the Gathering
    John Kent, Shenandoah University
  4. Metrics of Gerrymandering: Quantifying Intent
    Rachel Koch, James Madison University
  5. A Combinatorial Argument in a Packing Problem
    Ian Miller, St. Mary's College of Maryland
  6. Solving Numerical PDEs: Finite Element Methods and deal.ii
    Ben Rhodes, James Madison University
  7. The Disadvantages of Implementing Symmetric Groups in Zero-Knowledge Protocols
    Bailey Stewart, University of Mary Washington
  8. Divisibility Tests Beyond the Integers
    Cameron Stopak, James Madison University
  9. An Implementation & Analysis of the Singular Value Decomposition Applied to Image Compression
    Andrew Tomassone, James Madison University Brendan Armani, James Madison University
  10. Facility Location Problem: Research for Placing an IKEA Warehouse
    Vasily Vasilyev, Shenandoah University
  11. Stochastic Modeling of the IR Spectra of Nitrate Ions in Atmospheric Particles
    Isaac Woods, Christopher Newport University
Student Poster Session
  1. Modeling the Growth and Distribution of Tesla Charging Stations
    Reagan Branham, VMI
    Matthew Heinrich, VMI
    Samuel Norris, VMI
  2. Electric vehicle population and infrastructure: a model for long-term adoption and development
    Chun-Hao Chen, VMI
    John Walker, VMI
  3. Out of Gas and Driving on Electric
    Kuo Cheng, VMI
    I-Nuo Hsu, VMI
    Jun-Chiang Liu, VMI
  4. The Selection of Office Locations for an International Company Using Language Distribution and Dispersion Projections
    Chelsie Divver, VMI
    Patrick Lenahan, VMI
    Mikayla Shuflat, VMI
  5. Our Electric Future
    Alexander Hall, VMI
    Henry Wiswall, VMI
  6. Pythagoras and Music
    Mary Hess, Hollins University
  7. Renewable Energy in the Southwest
    Mylles Jacobsen, VMI
    Anthony Tarnowski, VMI
    Michael Hale, VMI
  8. Multi Hop HF Radio Propagation
    Ian Johnson, VMI
    Conrad Jenne, VMI
    Michael Will, VMI
  9. The Effects of Hurricane Irma and Maria in fish assemblages on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
    Goma Karki, Hollins University
  10. Ban Gasoline, Use Electric, and Save the Planet — Tesla Charging Stations Distribution
    Mu-Chi Lu, VMI
  11. Cost of Privacy
    Cole Maziarski, VMI
    William Mertz, VMI
  12. Predicting the Net Hourly Electrical Energy Output Using Support Vector Regression
    Win Myat, Hollins University
  13. Linear Programming for VMI Scheduling regarding all STEM majors
    Demetra Protogyrou, VMI
  14. Digital Model of First-Year Pre-Scheduling
    Taylor Samuels, Randolph College
  15. Energy Production: Western Interstate Energy Compact
    Steven Seay, VMI
  16. Energy — A Study of Quality, Quantity, and Sufficiency
    Shang-Cheng Su, VMI
  17. Polymer Solutions' Client Data Josh Wright, Ferrum College

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